Drama group's flight still booked, despite terrorist scare

CHAMPAIGN – The show will go on for a group of drama students from Central High School who leave today en route to London, then Scotland, despite the foiled terrorist plot to bomb international airplanes with liquid explosives.

The 22 students, some of whom already graduated, have been planning – and raising about $150,000 – to perform "The Laramie Project" in Edinburgh's renowned Fringe Festival for more than a year. They don't want to back out now.

Judge orders timeline for consent decree compliance

PEORIA – A federal judge has ordered the Champaign school district to tell him how it will comply with the requirements of its federal consent decree by 2009 and who will be responsible for doing so.

He also did not grant a request by the district for more time to add elementary seats in north Champaign, telling it to work with the plaintiffs and court monitor on the matter.

Mediator called to help with Rantoul teacher talks

RANTOUL – A mediator has been called in to help Rantoul Township High School union members and administrators resolve stalled contract talks.

"The bargaining hasn't gone anywhere," said Gene Vanderport, area representative of the Illinois Education Association. "There's a considerable distance."

Cookout added to Central's registration activities

CHAMPAIGN – Maegan Winters is more than a little nervous about her first day at Central High School.

"It's new, and not as many people know you," she said. "It's a big school. I'm going to get lost, I know it, on the first day."

Neighbors of Centennial voice complaints about students' behavior

CHAMPAIGN – Louella Bishop said she's lived near Champaign Centennial High School for several years and that student behavior in her neighborhood is getting worse.

There's littering, graffiti and property damage, students eating lunch in yards, fights and intimidation, even students having sex in public, she said.

UI gets funds for international programs

URBANA – The U.S. Department of Education has designated several of the University of Illinois regional studies programs as national resource centers, meaning more than $13 million will go to support the centers.

The designation of national resource center brings not only prestige to the UI's seven centers, which focus on different regions of the world, but significant money.

Online explosion: Enrollment numbers at Parkland continue to climb

CHAMPAIGN – Like a growing number of students at Parkland College, Arthur Baker and Alex Adcock opt for convenience, and they're earning credits online this summer, not in a classroom.

Baker, a University of Illinois sophomore business major, said he signed up for a summer psychology class because he had to fulfill a requirement and wanted to get it out of the way.

New kids on the block taking over the halls of Urbana High School

URBANA – Laura Taylor keeps wandering into her old office, looking up, then wandering out again.

You can't blame her.

A few months ago, Taylor filled the shoes – and space – of an assistant principal at Urbana High School. But as of August, she's moved a few feet away and into a new role: principal.

Nurse to talk about treating Iraq war veterans

URBANA – A nurse who spent last summer caring for Iraq war veterans at Walter Reed Hospital will talk about her experiences.

Kim Abel of Mendota will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Urbana Free Library Auditorium, 210 W. Green St., Urbana. The talk is sponsored by the Anti-War Anti-Racism Effort.

Camp Exec helps girls prepare for future

CHAMPAIGN – Veonia Gross wants to be a pediatrician or a psychologist, while her younger sister, Asia, is thinking about a career in modeling.

Asilah Patterson still is a middle school student at Edison, but she's in her second year of wanting to be a meteorologist.